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By Stephen Messer

A high-flying delusion experience that would blow readers away!

Every kite Oliver touches flies instantly into the floor, making him the laughingstock of Windblowne. With the kite-flying competition in basic terms days away, Oliver tracks down his reclusive great-uncle Gilbert, a former champion. With Gilbert's support, Oliver can photograph himself at the crest, launching into the winds to develop into one of many mythical fliers of Windblowne.

Then his great-uncle vanishes in the course of a conflict with mysterious assault kites—kites that appear to fly themselves! All that continues to be is his prize ownership, an easy pink kite. a minimum of, the kite turns out easy. while Oliver attempts to fly it, the kite lifts him excessive above the timber. whilst he comes down, town and all its humans have disappeared. unexpectedly the pageant is the very last thing on Oliver's brain as he's catapulted right into a secret that may swap every little thing he is aware approximately himself and his world.

Inspired through the paintings of Diana Wynne Jones, debut writer Stephen Messer supplies a myth e-book for girls and boys within which the space among realities is the same as the breadth of a kite string.

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Oliver crawled backward, panting from the unforeseen wrestling fit. at the beginning he feared that even this publication wouldn't be sufficient to carry down the kite-eater, yet regardless of how a lot it twisted and fought and snapped its jaws, it will possibly no longer get away the sheer weight of The Social and Cultural historical past of the reduce Warfeld Valley in past due Mid-Age Macherino. Oliver knew the sensation good. The red kite collapsed onto a workbench, possible exhausted, its sails heaving. “Great-uncle Gilbert! ” shouted Oliver. He quick searched the remainder of the treehouse. there has been no signal of his great-uncle. He stopped within the front room, taking a look at what used to be left of the unusual maps and overturned barrels. The purple kite had recovered and was once swooping in agitated circles round and round the room. Oliver regarded out the bashed-in window into the windblown evening. Feeling lifeless, he picked up the fallen board and shoved it again into position. grrrrrr He heard a noise, like a faint grinding, virtually as if anything have been … chewing. Oliver ran again into the workshop. The kite-eater used to be nonetheless pinned lower than the big booklet, or fairly, a part of the publication. It had already controlled to chunk via a few of it. Bits of torn paper surrounded the abused publication and the kite-eater, which snapped its jaws savagely while Oliver entered. “Oh no you don’t! ” acknowledged Oliver sharply. atmosphere down the lamp, he ran to the shelf of his father’s books and reached up for the subsequent one. As he hauled it down, he spotted the title—The Mountain sooner than Windblowne—just prior to the publication slipped from his take hold of and crashed to the ground, narrowly lacking his foot. Gasping with the trouble, Oliver lugged the ebook over to the kite-eater and threw it on most sensible of the pile. Then one other ebook. Then one other. The kite-eater gnashed its jaws. “Sorry,” Oliver panted, “but you’re no longer consuming that kite. ” The purple kite was once peeking into the workshop. “You can come in,” Oliver stated. “I’ve obtained the kite-eater trapped. ” Oliver had continuously talked to his kites, yet he’d by no means had the impact that one among them can be listening. Or in the event that they have been, it was once merely so that they may well do the complete opposite of no matter what he requested. for instance, “No, please, now not within the tree” was once interpreted to intend “Please dive without delay into that tree,” or “Watch out for the gang of individuals” intended “Smash into the gang of individuals that allows you to humiliate me up to attainable. ” And that list remained unchallenged, because the red kite shook dubiously and refused to go into. Oliver appeared round. such a lot of his great-uncle’s attractive kites have been stolen. They’d it seems that been stolen by way of that different boy, who within the confusion and blinding flashes had regarded similar to him. in some way the boy have been capable of make his get away less than the canopy of these flashes, and he’d controlled to kidnap Great-uncle Gilbert and carefully ransack his workshop within the technique. every thing of worth was once long gone. nearly every little thing, Oliver learned. The kite rack that hid Great-uncle Gilbert’s mystery room, the place he stored his most beneficial possessions, was once nonetheless in position.

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